Author: Mia Marlowe
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
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Blurb: Pierce Langdon, Viscount Westfall is mad. Everyone knows it. He fell from a tree when he was a boy and woke to hear strange voices. When the voices grow stronger as he grows older, his family commits him to Bedlam. But what he hears are the thoughts of those around him—a gift to be used in service to the Order of the M.U.S.E. Until he falls again…this time for a totally unsuitable woman.
Lady Nora Claremont hides her heartbreak behind the facade of a carefree courtesan. Viscount Westfall is the most confusing man she’s ever met. He seems to know exactly what she wants…and what she’s thinking.
Which is a dangerous thing, because what Nora wants is Pierce.
And what she’s thinking could expose her as a traitor to the crown…
Review: I really enjoy the world that Mia Marlowe’s built in these books and this one was really quite good. Interesting and complex, with two characters who are unique for the time. Their journey in meeting each other, falling into love, and finding their way towards their happily ever after is very different than most and involved a lot of turns–but the plot twists are insanely suspenseful and this reader actually gasped at one point. Can you do too much in the name of love? You’ll have to read this book and decide for yourself.
Lady Nora Claremont fell onto hard times because of love. Noble born, she fell in love with a commoner and married him over her parent’s protestations. When she did, they cut her off rather abruptly and refused to help her even after his death doctoring soldiers on the continent . Her subsequent pregnancy and the birth of her daughter caused her great heartache and a huge financial burden that could only be solved by using her one remaining asset: her beauty. Luckily a short string of protectors had ended in her current situation with Lord Albemarle, where to protect him she was acting as his mistress but was actually a sham to cover up his homosexuality. So she got all the perks but none of the unpleasantness.
Pierce Langdon, Viscount Westfall, had fallen from a tree and sustained a head injury as a child that left him able to hear the thoughts of those around him. Tricked by an avaricious uncle and committed to Bedlem, the infamous insane asylum in England, he was finally freed by the Duke of Camden because of this unusual skill. Only someone with Pierce’s ‘hearing’ could help gather this specific information about a nefarious plot against the crown.
Having always been hidden away, Pierce has an incredible lack of social skills; being reintroduced into society, as it were, is hard enough without having to master the voices in his head. However, with the plan afoot there’s no time for him to practice learning how to filter first–he’s got to do both at once. Attending a scandalous soiree at Lord Albemarle’s with the creme de la creme of the demimonde, .he catches a sliver of a thought that he feels sure is integral to the plot. When he reports back who it came from and what it was, things get more dangerous. They’re planning treason.
Very suspenseful and engaging read. Interesting dilemmas are entertained and solved in a very unusual way in this book–at one point, I almost didn’t want to look! Enjoyable, entertaining read that I would recommend to anyone who loves historicals with paranormal elements. Thanks!